“This is not the India that Bhagat Singh wanted. Though we got freedom, it was only for a few influential families. The common man is still struggling to earn his daily bread. We are living in a country where we have a man earning Rs 30 lakh per hour and, at the same time, 30 lakh people are without any shelter”- Sandhu
‘Bhagat Singh’, these two words, together form the synonym of the word ‘CHANGE’ as the nationalist was a lion at heart, wanted to bring about ‘the -much-needed -change’ in the nation, and sacrificed his valuable life for the state. He did not fight against the British or against white skin but was against the unfair system and the disparity that existed in society. He was determined in bringing a change which could possibly bring us close to Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of the world not being broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
He dreamt of social equality and prosperity, his vision of a Communist Society was very similar to that of Marx and Lenin— a society where there were equal opportunities for all and a just distribution wealth according to one’s capabilities, and where even the lowliest could live comfortably. His brand of socialism was not an utopia, but a reality which could be brought about with non violent and peaceful methods. He knew that in this quest for socialism, one would have to make compromises at times, without losing sight of the main aim. In any such compromise, both parties gain some and lose some, but the onward, non violent march towards socialism should continue. Nothing worth while can be achieved by being a hardliner.
“They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They may crush my body, but will not be able to crush my spirit”, stated Bhagat Singh.
Although termed as a terrorist by the then British Empire, Bhagat Singh rightly wanted to be called a revolutionary and a soldier in the war against imperialism. According to him, his retaliation against oppression could not be termed as anarchy.
A pen is mightier than a sword, though there is no better way than penning down to bring a change. The ideas of Singh, reflect his deep understanding of the Indian milieu and his thought provoking writings make him a class apart from his contemporaries. The man, in his jail dairy, had written 140 pages in English, which have been translated further into Hindi and Punjabi. Henceforth, will soon be distributed in the schools of Punjab and other parts of the nation. Though he died at the young age of 24 years, he had a clear vision of an India which was not only politically free, but also free from poverty and social injustices. In one of his speeches, less than 2 months before his death, he stressed the need for a Socialist Revolution, through a political revolution.
“In speaking of the relationship of past and present we seldom stop to think of how much of our present hangs on what we assume to be the actual past.”- Romila Thapar
As the members of a responsible society, we together need to develop a citizenry that can think, act rationally as well as logically. Undoubtedly, there is a need to push back the forces of fake news, pseudo- science and other nonsense. Injustice, inequality, violence takes us further from the idea of the republic day celebrations and further too from that heaven of ‘Change’ in which Bhagat Singh wanted India to awake. Its high time, that we together signify ‘change’, believe in the mission of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam’ and take India to a bright future.